The offers can be summarized: WildBear unveils the MIPCOM slate; Cineflix explores “sitcom history”; Dandelooo covers “Our pig”


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WildBear unveils its MIPCOM slate

WildBear International, the distribution arm of Australian factual prodco WildBear Entertainment, has unveiled its new slate of shows for MIPCOM.

Among them are The Gem Hunters Below (6 x 60 minutes), a new observational documentary series that follows the quest of five gem-hunting crews through extreme weather, intense danger, mega machinery and risky adventures.

The World War: 1914-1945 (6 x 60 minutes) explores how the world went to and stayed at war for much of the 20e century, while The Bomber: The Terror of World War II (6 x 60 minutes) tells the definitive story of the bomber – the airborne weapon that changed not only the battlefield but war itself.

Other titles include The 100 days (6 x 60 minutes), The massive attacks of nature (2 x 60 minutes), Extreme snakes (2 x 60 minutes) and the fourth season of Demolition Down Under (6 x 60 minutes).

Michael Tear, CEO of WildBear Entertainment and WildBear International, said, “Having already secured international commissions and presale partners for many of these titles, we are now thrilled to bring the slate to MIPCOM and look forward to meet face to face with buyers in Cannes.

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Cineflix explores “sitcom history”

Cineflix Rights has acquired the CNN Original History Of The Sitcom series, which will launch to international buyers at MIPCOM.

The 8 x 60 minute series from Cream Productions features dozens of original interviews with sitcom icons including Norman Lear, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Lisa Kudrow, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Kim Fields and Tim Allen.

Felicia Litovitz, Vice President of Acquisitions, North America, Cineflix Rights who made the deal with CNN said: “History of the sitcom reunites viewers with some of their favorite TV characters and storylines, while also exploring how sitcoms have reflected and affected cultural change over the years.

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Dandelooo covers “Our pig”

French animation production and distribution company Dandelooo has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the children’s series Our Piggy.

The 52 x 2 minute 2D animated series from Czech producers Bionaut follows the pig protagonist who discovers the magic of ordinary objects and invites children into his extraordinary world through curiosity and play.

Emmanuèle Pétry Sirvin, co-founder of Dandelooo, said: “I immediately fell in love with this series which illustrates the famous quote “Keep it simple”. Bionaut is one of the most talented studios in Central Europe and we are proud to distribute their programs internationally”.

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ABC Australia and Canal+ are looking for ‘Missing Children’

ABC Australia and Canal+ in France are among a slew of global broadcasters to acquire docuseries The Missing Children, following deals with distributor Abacus Media Rights.

Commissioned by ITV in the UK and RTE in Ireland, in association with Topic in the US, missing children – a production of True Vision and Nevision – tells the story of the mother and baby home in Tuam where 796 babies went missing, some of whom were found buried in a sewage tank.

Available in 3 x 45 minute and 1 x 90 minute versions, the series tells the story of survivors and families uncovering the truth.

Abacus has secured deals for the series with broadcasters ABC and Foxtel in Australia, Canal+ in France and its French-speaking territories, Paramount for Germany, AMC Networks International for Spain and Portugal, Topic for the United States and Canada, TV2 in Denmark, TV4 Sweden, MTV Oy in Finland, VRT Belgium, Bell Media for French Canada, Planète+Crime in France and its French-speaking territories and by Sundance Now for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Meanwhile, pale sistera 1 x 75 minute one-woman play produced by Angelica Films and Nevision in association with Riverside Studios, commissioned by BBC Arts, has been picked up worldwide (outside the UK) by Marquee TV, the arts streaming service.

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